‘It seemed too good to be true’ – UCD student tells of €4,400 accommodation scam

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A UCD student has spoken of how she and her friends were conned out of more than €4,000 by a fraudulent accommodation scam …” (more)

[Meadhbh McGrath, Independent, 30 June]

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DkIT chaplaincy battle will see all colleges have to hire by public tender

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“All third level colleges will be required to ensure State-funded chaplains are hired in line with public sector recruitment rules within the next 12 months. The new ruling follows a review which will be published shortly by the Higher Education Authority which raises concerns about the arrangements in place in many colleges to hire chaplains …” (more)

[Talk of the Town, 30 June]

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Third-level college chaplaincies to be open to lay people

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lay people will be entitled to apply for State-funded chaplaincy posts in third-level colleges under changes aimed at ensuring they meet public sector recruitment rules. This follows a review to be published shortly by the Higher Education Authority that raises concern about the arrangements used in many colleges to hire chaplains …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 June]

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How much do chaplaincy services cost each third-level institution?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“All third-level colleges will be required to ensure State-funded chaplains are hired in line with public sector recruitment rules within the next 12 months. This follows a review to be published shortly by the Higher Education Authority which raises concerns about the arrangements in place in many colleges to hire chaplains …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 June]

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Erasmus programme with UK to continue for at least two years despite Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 30th, 2016 by steve

UK“The European Commission says student exchange programmes between the Republic of Ireland and Britain will continue for at least another two years until the UK formally leaves the EU …” (more)

[Elaine Power, Newstalk, 29 June]

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Legislative Programme – Technological Universities Bill

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the Technological Universities Bill 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Third Level Funding – Cassells Report

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJoan Burton (Dublin West, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he will publish the report (details supplied) into funding of the third level sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Public Sector Staff Remuneration – Union Membership

Posted in Governance and administration on June 30th, 2016 by steve

IrelandFrank O’Rourke (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills how he will treat non-union members with regards to the announced pay cuts and withholding of payments and increments from Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland members, who are now outside of the Lansdowne Road Agreement, LRA; if he will consider non-union teachers as having accepted or rejected the LRA; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 June]

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Academia and gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Higher Education Authority has published its national review of gender equality among higher education staff compiled by the expert group chaired by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. It is hard-hitting and wide-reaching …” (more)

[Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, Irish Times, 29 June]

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Teachers and gardaí face sanctions over Lansdowne Road agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“About 30,000 gardaí and second-level teachers now seem likely to have financial sanctions imposed on them by the Government, including a loss of incremental pay rises, from the end of this week. Minister for Education Richard Bruton yesterday said he considered the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) had repudiated the Lansdowne Road agreement …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 29 June]

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CAO countdown: Demand builds for construction graduates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“No sector fell further or faster during the economic downturn. Today, thanks to a growing economy, the construction industry faces a much different dilemma: how to address a looming skills shortage. School-leavers fled from any courses linked to the sector – which of course bore the brunt of the economic collapse …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 June]

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UCC goes back to the soil with on-campus food project

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has become the first university in Ireland to grow their own food for use on campus. College caterers KSG Catering has established an 8 acre farm on the outskirts of the city which will supply fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs to some 20,000 staff and students from September …” (more)

[Paul Melia, Independent, 29 June]

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UCD alerts gardaí to ‘theft’ of world timbers collection

Posted in Legal issues on June 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A forestry campaigner is refusing to return a rare collection of 800 world timbers which he borrowed from University College Dublin on the basis that it has ‘languished in the dead-end of a corridor’ on campus for decades. The university has contacted gardaí …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 June]

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NUI Galway to introduce gender-neutral bathrooms on campus from September

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is set to install gender-neutral bathrooms in each building on campus in the next academic year. ‘The bathrooms will be rolled out across the campus from September onwards to ensure that each main building has a bathroom that is all gender accessible’, the Students’ Union said today …” (more)

[Meadhbh McGrath, Independent, 28 June]

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How will British science survive Brexit?

Posted in Research on June 29th, 2016 by steve

UK“Science and tech are two industries most likely to be affected by Brexit. British science and tech companies were overwhelmingly in favour of remaining. A Brexit survey run in March by Nature found that of the 907 UK researchers who were polled, around 83% believed the UK should remain in the EU …” (more)

[Hasan Chowdhury, New Statesman, 28 June]

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ASTI accepts invitation to talks with Education Minister Richard Bruton in dispute over Lansdowne Road Agreement on pay and productivity

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The secondary teachers’ union, ASTI has accepted an invitation to talks with Education Minister Richard Bruton in their dispute over the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA) on pay and productivity. The 17,500-member union has rejected the LRA and, on foot of that, voted to stop working the 33 so-called Croke Park hours from September …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 28 June]

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UK college fees could triple for Irish students says Fine Gael MEP

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University fees for Irish students in the UK could triple according to a Fine Gael MEP. Brian Hayes has said the welfare of Irish students studying abroad needs to be considered in the post-Brexit negotiations …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 28 June]

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Brexit threats to rights of migrant workers and students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“All European citizens have just been stripped of their European citizenship rights in Northern Ireland and Britain. Hence, no European right to vote in local elections, no European social rights (eg no European Health Insurance Card), and no European right to be treated equally anymore. What a ‘success’ for the ‘internationalist’ pro-Brexit left of Britain and Ireland! …” (more)

[progressive-economy@tasc, 28 June]

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Gender neutral bathrooms to be installed in NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Gender neutral bathrooms will be installed in each building on the NUI Galway campus following agreement between the university authorities and the Students Union …” (more)

[Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser, 28 June]

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The limits of judicial deference to academic judgment

Posted in Legal issues on June 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In my first post yesterday, I took certain comments of Kennedy J in the recent US Supreme Court decision in Fisher v University of Texas  US  (23 June 2016) as the context for an analysis of the nature of judicial deference to academic judgment. In this post, I want to look at the limits to such deference. Once those limits have been reached, substantive claims are entertained, even if they often fail (see M Davies ‘Challenges to “academic immunity” – the beginning of a new era?” (2004) 16 Education and the Law 75) …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 28 June]

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